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Dr. Peter, Veterinarian
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Experience:  16 years of small animal internal medicine, surgery and preventive medicine.
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my dog has just licked my wrist which had voltarol 1.16 emulgel.

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my dog has just licked my wrist which had voltarol 1.16 emulgel. this was administed about 3hrs ago. she is a small 5 yr old yorkie
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 4 years ago.
Hello, I am Dr. Peter a licensed Veterinarian. I would like to help. I need to ask you a few questions to be well informed and give you the best advice. There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

1- How much does she weigh?
2- Did she ingest it 3 hours ago?
3- How many milligrams did she ingest or you can give me the amount of milligrams per oz and how much you had applied and I can calculate how much she ingested?
4- Do you have hydrogen peroxide?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

about 5kg, it was 2hrs ago when she ingested it,I don't know how she ingested as it was 3hrs previous that I applied it and my wrist was dry. I only applied 2 blobs of a couple of milligrams.

I have no hydrogen peroxide

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 4 years ago.
Derek, Voltarol (diclofenac) can be quite toxic to dogs when ingested. Symptoms will be strictly dependent on the amount she ingested. Gastrointestinal ulceration is seen at 2.2 mg/kg and renal failure at 4.7 mg/kg. So, if she is 5 kg that means she would need to ingest 11mg for GI ulceration to occur and 23.5mg for renal failure. If the gel was on your wrist for 3 hours and dry I doubt she could have ingested such amount as the drug most likely was already absorbed by the skin. The fact that we don't have an actual amount of ingestion I would start her on Zantac (ranitidine) 10mg every 12 hours for 1 week and follow up with family veterinarian in 1-2 days for a blood test to check her kidney values to be on the safe side.

Hope the above helps, if you have additional questions I will be glad to answer them.

Dr. Peter